by Rhett C. Bruno
Series: The Circuit Trilogy, #1-3Kindle Edition, 750 pg.
Diversion Books, 2017
Well I messed up — I got started on this late, but work has been so busy that I haven’t had time to read as much the last couple of weeks. Add in a cold that’s rendered me incapable of reading anything for the last 3 days (which is driving me crazy). Long story short, I didn’t finish this.
My not-finishing isn’t anything against the book — like it usually is — it’s all me. I want to stress that. I messed up, I let my schedule get away from me, I agreed to take on a book I didn’t have time for (this isn’t the only book I had to stop at this time — there are two I didn’t finish reading so I could have a shot at reading this one, this is just the only one with a deadline).
Here’s the publisher’s blurb (or at least some of it):
Earth is a dying planet. To survive, humanity founds the Circuit, a string of colonies across the solar system, dedicated to mining resources vital to preserving what remains of mankind.
The New Earth Tribunal, a powerful religious faction, rises to rule the Circuit. They believe a Spirit within the Earth will one day appear and welcome humanity back home. But following a string of seemingly random attacks, the Tribunal suspects its mortal enemy, the Ceresians, have rallied to once again challenge their absolute rule.
Join an unlikely band of would-be saviors–the Tribunal’s best spy, a roguish Ceresian mercenary, a subservient android and a disgraced general–as they are drawn into a conspiracy destined to change the Circuit forever.
A new, sinister threat has arisen–and it plans to bring down the Tribunal once and for all.
The spy is interestingly written, the mercenary . . . I’m ambivalent about, the android rocks, and the general is likely to be a good character that’ll keep the reader guessing (even if he comes across as a know-it-all). This was originally put out in three volumes, but now is published in one collection.
The writing is crisp, it moves along well, and Bruno does a good job of getting the reader into the world he’s created without making it lose any of its alienness. If I had more time on my hands, I’d dig into this — but I just don’t. I feel terrible about that. I did delete the free version Bruno sent me and bought another copy — by the way, it’s on sale this week. I think it’s be worth your time to give it a shot.